True story: Last year the primary sponsor of a concert in Mexico City found its investment undermined when the promoter sold live streaming rights to another company. While some 400,000 people attended the event, more than four million people watched it online, most believing the streaming sponsor to be the event backer. more
Turkish Airlines, a “Premium Partner” of FC Barcelona since January 2010, is being displaced by a change in the club’s shirt sponsor. more
Unsettling news came out of Vancouver last week, as the provincial government of British Columbia killed a deal for telecommunications company Telus to obtain naming rights to BC Place Stadium. more
I never suspected the trove of classified government communications trickling out through WikiLeaks would contain a sponsorship story, but a recently released February 2010 cable from the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela tells a tale with valuable lessons for sponsors. more
In my last post, I praised the multi-dimensional activation program adidas has created around its London 2012 partnership, but mentioned that it’s a shame that there has to be so much legal language as part of the adiStars Web site. more
Mary Hutchings Reed, the attorney who has defined many of the business and legal issues surrounding sponsorship, sports, arts, entertainment and cause marketing, spoke to my graduate class at Northwestern University last night, and as always happens when I listen to her presentations, issues were clarified and solutions emerged. more
Along with a couple hundred healthcare association executives, I had the pleasure of attending the ASAE Healthcare Association Conference on November 18-19, 2010, here in Chicago.
The French Football Federation (“FFF”), the national soccer body, is still feeling the effects from its less than stellar 2010 World Cup performance. The FFF recently had to pay out €4.5 million to its top-tier sponsors to compensate them for France’s first round exit from the 2010 World Cup.
Through our relationship with the Assn. of National Advertisers, IEG participated in yesterday’s quarterly meeting of the ANA’s Sponsorship & Event Marketing Committee, hosted in the beautiful conference facilities at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. more
When disaster strikes, we initially focus on the aftermath of what just happened; but attention (and scrutiny) quickly turns to the disaster response. We’ve seen this most recently with the Gulf Coast oil spill from a BP rig (full disclosure: IEG has done work for a BP business unit), as both BP and the government struggle to stop the spill and limit the inevitable environmental damage. As bad as the actual problem is, a bad or failed response is almost worse. more